Artist Panel: Working with Hebrew and Yiddish Type

Join us for a virtual conversation with contemporary artists, printers, and designers who use Hebrew type in their work to explore abstract and representational perspectives on the language. As MCBA introduces Hebrew wood type to our letterpress studios, we celebrate artists whose work is based in the language.

The panel is curated by Robyn Awend, moderated by Karen Schiff, and features local and national artists who use both traditional and contemporary Hebrew and Yiddish type in their work. Panelists include Lynne Avadenka (MI), an artist, printmaker, and director of Detroit letterpress print shop Signal Return; Gabriella Boros (IL), a printmaker, painter, and book artist; Dr. Noam Sienna (MN), a scholar of Jewish culture and history, Hebrew calligrapher, and book artist; and Shani Avni (NY) who designs, researches, teaches, consults, writes, and lectures on Hebrew type design and typography. Moderator Karen Schiff (TX) is an artist, writer, and editor who often works between word and image.

All are welcome
Certificate: 1.5 hours, Category C or D
$18 suggested donation/participant; donations support the cost of this program

Please note: Registration closes 5/16 at midnight (CT).

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This artist talk is being presented as part of History in the Making, a yearlong series of programs and events exploring the historical and contemporary printed word in Jewish culture, and activating MCBA’s newly acquired Hebrew wood type. This type, commissioned by MCBA and created by Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, is the only Hebrew wood type in the country to be manufactured and made available for public use. This unique community resource enables Twin Cities’ communities to connect with Jewish culture and identity in creative new ways. These programs are organized in partnership with local artist and community builder Robyn Awend, together with other featured artists. 

History in the Making is made possible in part with the support of The Noah F. Gordon Fund at the Minneapolis Foundation; Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation; The Lerner FoundationPhil & Tammie Rosenbloomand JCreate, an initiative of Jewfolk, Inc.


May 18
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Minnesota Center for Book Arts
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